"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|13 hours 51 sec ago||No||
I come from the East beyond the Middle West, from the ancient city of Bóstôn north of the Long Island.
By the way, if you see a half-crazed dwarf sitting upon a pile of ill-gotten gold, it's not Thorin Oakenshield. It's my landlord.
|15 hours 2 min ago||31-20 OSU||
31-20 OSU over Michigan*
*I NEVER win these sorts of things; might as well channel the hex in a positive direction, eh?
|19 hours 30 min ago||Er?||
Wouldn't that be Middle West?
|19 hours 32 min ago||Baruk Khazâd!||
|19 hours 49 min ago||Perspective||
Remember our expectation at the start of the year was 8-4 with losses to Utah, Michigan State, Ohio State and 1-2 sleeper/trap opponents depending on whether you thought we were going to steal one from MSU or OSU. The team has put 2014 to bed and far outplayed expectations, so this is just to remind everyone that we're playing with house money.
That's not to say we should lower our expectations. There's no point being a Michigan fan if we didn't have high expectations. The coaches and players have high expectations. And the one thing I guarantee is, while OSU has more talent on paper, Harbaugh is going to scare the crap out of them. It's only fitting his team is represented by the wolverine. In his third year at Stanford the team went 8-5, but look at the scores. No team beat them by more than 10. He was still building a shell of a program but they were competitive in every single game they played. They upset both Oregon and USC. Hell, he upset USC in his first season when they were ranked #1 so it's not like he was sneaking up on anyone by that point.
I just don't want everyone going into this game thinking Michigan's got this monumental challenge upon which everything's on the line. Oh, it'll be a challenge, but there was no line. This was supposed to be a rebuilding season. The pressure's actually on Ohio State. They're playing below their talent level, are trying to overcome a late loss and going to the Big House.
We should expect Michigan to play Ohio State tough, but win or lose, our expectations are already very different from where they were four months ago. Let's be thankful for that.
|21 hours 13 min ago||You cannot lie||
|1 day 15 hours ago||One thing going for us||
We're left-handed anyway. But we can't just ignore the other side of the field, so. . .
You know those screens to bunch formations we used earlier? They were largely ineffective, but I think I now know why we ran them anyway. If we can get a lead blocker out there for Bell -- and our receivers are good blockers -- then it's Chesson vs. Apple in a de facto run play in space. If that consistently gets yards then OSU can't cheat to the other side.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Scary||
It's the same players that destroyed everyone they faced in last half of their season. The only thing holding them back is the playcalling.
Let's just hope they obligingly Hoke themselves in the foot one last time.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Peppers||
NO HE'S NOT HE'S NOT READY YET SHHHHHH!!!
|2 days 15 hours ago||Oh damn||
I saw that, yet missed it. You get all the win. Now I won't be able to look E.L. James in the eye.
/ and give her a telekinetic shove
|2 days 19 hours ago||50 Shades of UFR||
Next time say it more slowly and in a deeper voice with an "ahh, yesss" thrown in. Gotta appeal to more demographs, ya know.
|2 days 20 hours ago||No half points for RPS?||
Might be time to start.
Throwing screens for mostly yards after contact isn't a huge win on paper, but I don't think Harbaugh was exclusively thinking about testing PSU's edge defenders with it. He also knows what he has. Darboh and Chesson have been abusing opposing CBs all season. Their gameplan had to take that into consideration; they basically decided to fight the battle there.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Weakness and weakness||
Our D just got gashed by a competent RB and the strength of PSU's defense goes right at the weakness of our offense. My gut is very nervous.
It's not the whole story, of course. PSU doesn't have Indiana's stretch plays or tempo, and Harbaugh isn't likely to Hoke the offense into the ground. But, as Brian says, this game is likely to get very ugly.
|1 week 17 hours ago||?||
I'm kind of confused as to how a TE that can neither block nor catch can be considered "talented".
|1 week 19 hours ago||Jeremy Lin vs. the Lakers||
Yep. It kind of reminded me of Linsanity, when the Lakers (who were fatigued and overall played like shit) tried to keep him outside the paint and dared him to shoot jumpers. Why? Because even when he was tearing up the league, his jumper was misfiring like crazy. Up to that point he'd scored almost all his points on drives. He just happened to find his shooting touch that night and destroyed them.
Indiana wasn't dumb; they saw the tape on Rudock and gambled that he couldn't burn them deep. Even after the first few long passes connected, you don't re-write your gameplan on (what was mostly likely, from their point of view) a fluke. They also had to get in Rudock's face; even if he excels at pocket presence, it's not like their secondary can adequately cover Chesson or Butt.
Indiana's gameplan was sound for what they had; they just didn't get the Jake Rudock they prepared for.
|1 week 19 hours ago||Ehh, no||
If no one's in front of him, sure. If a closing LB or S does what they're trained to do when the QB's in the process of launching forward, very bad things can happen. The QB's basically targeting himself.
A better thing would be for the QB to tuck into fetal position with the throwing arm on the ball, knees tucked and off hand bracing the head, twist and roll backfirst. The forearm could get bruised but that won't debilitate a QB, the armor will protect against a front impact, the head and neck are protected and braced, and the knees shield the ball. I think coaches would balk because that exposes the back and arms to impact, but it's better if they're angled to best aborb the hits they take anyway. With a slide the legs are exposed but everyone goes for the head/body which isn't positioned to take the hit.
|1 week 19 hours ago||Maaaybe||
UFR breaks down individual play so it wouldn't get swayed by that. Brian was pretty clear on whether he believed a play was derped due to the OL or the RB. If a lineman biffs a block, it's possible to pick that out on tape. With our guys it's often linemen just running right by defenders and there's now way the RB gets dinged for that.
However, and MGoBlog has pointed this out at times, it is difficult to know if the RB's play is affected by the O-line play. They may not trust what they see. I don't know if the O-line gets affected by RB play though, because they're not looking at what the RB does. They just block guys and the RB ideally runs by them.
|1 week 19 hours ago||How that work?||
I kind of understood the route points to mean the WR executed them so well it would create separation or otherwise was key to the play.
It wasn't the prettiest stop-and-go I'd seen by a long shot; Harbaugh said Fisch dailed it up even though they hadn't practiced it that week. They executed it well enough to complete, but I agree that this was more of an RPS play than Gallon-esque route-running.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Brandon's Lasting Lessons||
I think he refers to the fact that Toys R Us is Dave Brandon's new gig, and his modus operandi was "If it ain't broke, break it."
|1 week 20 hours ago||Probably impossible||
PATs and FGs aside because the former are routine and the latter are usually kicker vs. the elements, special teams is so spread out you need an all-22 view to review them, but TV execs like to hire guys who think they're Hollywood action movie directors to oversee the camera work of football games.
You see the whole field now and then, but I don't think it's consistent enough to commit to delivering STURFs.
|1 week 22 hours ago||We ain't them tho||
Michigan's offense isn't Ohio State or Indiana. We beat Indiana by outscoring them, but they faced a vastly superior defense in that game. Penn State's D-line might be overrated but it's not like we'll make that distinction matter.
What makes me nervous here is that Penn State's D attacks our weakness. Rudock has good pocket presence but he's gun-shy so expect a lot of throwaways and 2-yard scrambles into their ILBs. Smith is tough but he won't out-muscle their DTs and can't find a hole to save his life. We probably won't execute Power very well which leaves us with the screen game as our bread-and-butter.
Not that their offense is in better shape. Even our depleted D-line will slash past their O-line, they don't have the quickness or scheme to go sideways and Hack won't find many receivers open. The only thing I'm nervous about is Barkley vs. Bolden. Our safeties will probably be enlisted into preventing deep balls (Hack will probably bring his A-game) so whenever Barkley gets past our D-line he probably won't see anyone for about twenty yards.
The main advantage we have going into this game is Harbaugh. If both defenses grind each others' offenses into a stalemate, Hack won't have a guy who can dial up RPS+3 plays to generate points when PSU really needs them.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Oh god||
I could put on 130 pounds of muscle, and the thought of a 300-pound Jake Ryan would still terrify me.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Last chance to say it with abandon||
|1 week 1 day ago||Probably not||
Zone stretch doesn't look to me like something you can implement quickly, especially if you're pro-style. You can start with narrow splits but when you go sideways it just feels a lot like you're in space. It's a pretty versatile constraint on paper, but I think it's easier to add to a spread offense. If you literally ran none of them two weeks ago, it's a great way to have D-linemen slashing into your backfield on the snap.
I mean, if they try, that's probably good news for us.
|1 week 1 day ago||We do||
You may think of pass rush as kind of like this:
Ours is a bit weird but no less effective:
We basically run 3DTs and a DE/LB hybrid out there. So it's less about zipping around blocks and blindsiding the QBs as crushing the pocket. As a result our pass rush doesn't rack up sacks but we do NOT make the pocket a comfortable place and (except against tempo zone stretch) we don't compromise run D.
|1 week 1 day ago||Read the fine print||
There is an endless supply.*
*Offer valid for only one Glasgow per unit.
So, if you think we need a new punt returner. . . feel free to redeem.
|1 week 1 day ago||(icy stare)||
We’re not beat up. Nobody’s beat up that I know of. Do you know something I don’t know? We’ve got a bounce in our step. We’re ready to go. I think the student-athletes have a bounce in their step and they’re ready to attack the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.
|1 week 1 day ago||Shoop da whoop||
|1 week 2 days ago||Not likely||
He's a two-way player, and Harbaugh LOVES two-way players.
But probably not at QB. More like, this is a nice hedge. The QB position is now a survival game, but even if Viramontes doesn't finish that gauntlet standing atop a pile of other defeated QBs, he has experience at LB where our depth is thin. The more things you can do, the better your chances of getting playing time.
|1 week 3 days ago||Or||
Graham, if you went on vacation in the Caribbean, would you come back as a Golden Graham?